NEW YORK (AP) — Alec Burks had a more productive visit to Barclays Center than his last one.
Playing just his third game for Cleveland after a trade from Utah, Burks threw down a two-handed dunk with 3.2 seconds remaining, and the Cavaliers avoided a fourth-quarter collapse and edged the Brooklyn Nets 99-97 on Monday night.
Burks was traded last Wednesday for veteran Kyle Korver and two future second-round picks. He was notified about the deal at Barclays Center and had to pack his bags hours before tip-off.
“It’s crazy. Maybe I’ll look back at it after this whole thing is over with,” Burks said.
Burks drove past Spencer Dinwiddie, who had five fouls, for the dunk that sealed it for Cleveland. The Cavaliers had been winless since beating Philadelphia and Houston back-to-back on Nov. 23-24.
“He just made a fantastic, athletic play,” Drew said. “It was a clear-out for him and he just made a terrific move, got to the basket. I drew up the play but he made it happen.”
Dinwiddie’s potential game-winning 3-pointer fell short of the rim.
D’Angelo Russell scored 28 points for Brooklyn, which has lost seven straight and nine of 11 overall, including their last six at home. Dinwiddie had 18 points off the bench.
“I mean, if you go back and look at it from game to game, at the end of the day it’s a loss,” Russell said. “So, definitely looking for ways to improve, bringing those tactics to the next game but, at the end of the day it’s still a loss on our side.”
Cavaliers: Burks is averaging 13.3 points in his three games with Cleveland.
Nets: G Joe Harris missed his third straight game with a strained left hip. … Russell scored 20 points or more for the 11th time this season. That’s the most by a Nets guard in the team’s first 25 games since Deron Williams’ 12 such games in 2011-12.
The Nets’ last victory at Barclays Center, where they are 3-9, was a 122-97 blowout of Philadelphia on Nov. 4.
Cavaliers: Host the Golden State Warriors on Wednesday night, their first meeting since Game 4 of the NBA Finals, when the Warriors clinched their second straight title against a far different Cleveland team led by LeBron James.
Nets: Continue their three-game homestand by hosting Oklahoma City on Wednesday night.
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